Yahoo.com has officially announced and revealed the LEGO Kwik-E-Mart (set number 71016), the follow up to last year’s Simpsons House. The Kwik-E-Mart, one of Springfield’s most iconic landmarks weighs in at 2179 pieces and will cost $199.99 in America, which is the same price as The Simpsons House.
The release date for LEGO VIP members will be from 14-30 April, with a general release probably on the 1st of May for everyone else.
If all things remain the same, I expect the Australian price of the Kwik-E-Mart to be around $329.99 like the Simpsons House.
UPDATE: The listing for the Kwik-E-Mart has gone up on LEGO.com and my prediction was right! The Australian price is now confirmed at $329.99 with a 1 May 2015 release date. Like all big exclusives, there should be a pre-order window for VIP members to get early access to the set, possibly 2 weeks before the official release.
Be sure to check out the newly released designer video for a behind-the-scenes look at the Kwik-E-Mart!
Like the Simpsons House, the Kwik-E-Mart opens up like a dollhouse to reveal a pretty colourful and vibrant interior of Springfield’s favourite convenience store. According to the description, the Kwik-E-Mart set includes “light-blue walls, dusty blue floors, turquoise welcome mat, shelves, refrigerated cases, counter, Buzz Cola soda fountain, juice dispensers, coffee machine, two arcade games, ATM, crates of Powersauce bars, surveillance cameras, rear storage closet with a rat, cheese, rat hole, and an exit door.”
The minifigures included in this set are Apu in his uniform, Marge Simpson, Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson (which all look very similar to their previous versions), a new Chief Wiggum with a stained police uniform torso and of course, notorious criminal, Snake who makes his debut as a Simpsons minifigure.
The Kwik-E-Mart has shelves packed with fictional brands from The Simpsons such as Krusty-O’s, Chef Lonelyheart’s Soup for One, Buzz beverages, and Powersauce bars.
It’s really hard to tell what it looks like from the photos but the Kwik-E-Mart looks to be stuffed with all sorts of details and printed elements which are a must-have for any diehard Simpsons fan.
Last but not least is the rooftop which features an urban garden.
Pretty cool! I count myself as a very happy owner of The Simpsons House which is still on display in my room, so I will definitely pick this set up, but maybe not immediately.
It looks small, but I think it looks pretty awesome and it’s great to have more familiar locales from Springfield in LEGO form. With Series 2 of The Simpsons minifigures due in a few months, there’s a lot to look forward to if you’re a fan of LEGO Simpsons minifigures.
I’m also glad that we get Chief Wiggum’s patrol car but the absence of Eddie and Lou is unfortunate. I think the minifigures are a little lackluster, with Snake the only real standout from the bunch.
What do you think? Will the Kwik-E-Mart go on your to-buy list? Let me know in the comments what you think!